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Freo's Tarrant happy with WAFL stint

By Justin Chadwick 16/06/2008 04:04:22 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle forward Chris Tarrant says his two-week stint in the WAFL was the tonic needed to help transform him back to his powerful best.

An early-season neck injury resulted in a form lapse for Tarrant, who was rested from Fremantle's round-three AFL win over West Coast before being sent back to East Perth to regain confidence two weeks later.

The club kept Tarrant's neck injury a secret during his WAFL stint to avoid opposition teams targeting him.

But Tarrant, who crossed from Collingwood to Fremantle at the end of 2006, has gone from strength to strength since returning to the senior side in round seven.

The 2003 All-Australian has booted 13 goals in the past six games while his on-field chemistry with Matthew Pavlich continues to blossom.

"I took it on the chin," Tarrant said of his stay in the WAFL.

"I found it more of a learning thing. I hadn't been dropped previously for a while, but that's fine.

"I was happy to go back and do my thing with East Perth and ... get my confidence back.

"It was no big deal. I enjoyed myself back there and found a bit of form, and coming back I think it's only helped me."

Tarrant was rumoured to be homesick and seeking a trade back to Melbourne earlier in the season but the 27-year-old denied that was the case.

"I found that one of the more disappointing things for me personally because I can 100 per cent say I'm enjoying my time here," he said.

"You can talk about my footy and you can talk about my form, but when things get brought up that are 100 per cent untrue, those are the things that affect you because it affects everyone around you."

Tarrant, a key contributor in Fremantle's 53-point win over North Melbourne last Saturday, said he was now injury free and eager to have a strong finish to the season.

"It's probably the best I've ever felt, at least in the last two years," he said.

"In the past I've only been able to train once a week, but at the moment I'm training twice a week and going into games feeling really good."

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